Australian children's literature and postcolonialism

a review essay

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The theme of land and country is resonant in Australian children's literature with Aboriginal subject matter. The textual and visual narratives present counter-discourse strategies to challenge the colonial ideology and dominant valuation of the Australian landscape. This review essay begins by examining the colonial history of seeing Australia as an "empty space", naming, and appropriating the land by erasing Aboriginal presence from the land. Then it explores the conceptual re-investment of Aboriginal connections to country in the representation of Australian landscape, as reflected and re-imagined in fiction and non-fiction for child readers. Thereby, as the essay suggests, a shared and reconciliatory space can at least discursively be negotiated and envisioned.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193–205
Number of pages13
JournalIlha do Desterro: a journal of English language, literature in English, and cultural studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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  • Australian children's literature
  • postcolonial narratives
  • Aboriginal custodianship
  • connectedness to Country
  • reconciliatory space

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